MONTREAL - Playing in their home city will be a boost to the University of Montreal Carabins, but experience will be on the McMaster Marauders side in the Vanier Cup game. Darrel Williams Jersey .More than 20,000 tickets had been sold by the time the teams coaches ad a few players from each side gathered for a news conference on Wednesday ahead of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship football game.A sellout of 23,500, most of the wearing Carabins blue and white, is expected for Saturday afternoons game at Percival Molson Stadium, the Montreal Alouettes home field on the McGill University campus downtown.Were playing on a bigger stage, for sure, but were not feeling any more pressure, said Carabins quarterback Gabriel Cousineau, whose team downed the Manitoba Bisons in the Uteck Bowl at their 5,100-seat CEPSUM Stadium last Saturday. Its an opportunity to play in our city in front of our fans and we hope well give them a good show.The Carabins are in their first Vanier Cup after finally downing the powerhouse Laval Rouge et Or, who had won 11 straight conference titles.The Marauders will be in their third Vanier Cup in four years. They beat Laval in 2011 in Vancouver and lost to the Rouge et Or in 2012 in Toronto.Now they are headed onto their opponents turf to try for a second title.Were excited to be on the national stage and play our best football in front of what know will be an exciting environment and a very blue crowd, said Marauders quarterback Marshall Ferguson, who will be playing his last CIS game. The crowd noise plays into making it more difficult to achieve that goal.Playing far away from home, it should make a difference, but once the balls kicked off, aside from the noise, its all just football. We need to look at the micro and not the macro. Make sure we eliminate errors, turnovers and things like that because thats what wins football games.Coach Stefan Ptaszek said Vanier Cup experience will come in handy. There are 12 players left from their last trips to the final, and the victory in 2011 was perhaps their biggest moment.We were naive, said Ptaszek. We hadnt been to the game in 44 years and that ignorance was bliss.We just let it all hang out and played. Now, being more educated on how good the (Quebec conference) can be and how they can be beastly and overwhelming at times, that knowledge isnt a bad thing. This team doesnt sneak up on us. Were very aware of what were getting into. We cant be overly freaked out by the great film were seeing of Montreal.Some consider Laval and Montreal as the two best teams in the country, but the Carabins needed to lean on their defence to beat Manitoba. The Bisons marched to the Montreal 12 on their final drive, but a fumble recovery by star linebacker Byron Archambault ended the threat.After the game, coach Danny Maciocia stressed the need for better preparation for the Vanier Cup game. Last week, a snowstorm forced his team to abandon its normal practice routine and move to an indoor facility.Maciocia, the former Edmonton Eskimos coach and general manager, called it a learning experience for a group not used to playing this far into the season.I dont think we were as organized as we should have been, said Maciocia. We were able to pull it off and win, so we met again and were much better prepared the second time around.We had a very good practice (Tuesday), which we didnt do last week. But there are a lot of firsts here, for me too. Its not a Grey Cup week. Its student athletes. There are academics. But the fact that we experienced it last week will help this week.A priority will be limiting distractions as Canadian university football gets more attention in one week than it gets all season.We dont have a template of what a Vanier Cup should look like, they do, said Maciocia. Theyve experienced it three times in four years. So this is new to us. Theres a lot of work for us to do on that end of it. If we can manage it, well be OK on Saturday.Ptaszek said many of his players were excited because they have never been to Montreal before, but the coaching staff and the veterans will try to keep them focused on the game.I have 12 student athletes who have been through this, he said. This hype and hoopla and celebration of football is fantastic.A beast of a football team is going to try to kill you on Saturday afternoon. I have 12 young men that know that the toughest game theyll ever play awaits them. So all this stuff is great, enjoy it, but not at the expense of being prepared to play your best game.The Marauders downed Mount Allison 24-12 in the Mitchell Bowl last Saturday led by running back Wayne Moore, who replaced the injured Chris Pezzetta early on and put up 146 rushing yards. Moore is to start in the Vanier Cup.They know theyre in for a tougher test against Montreals aggressive defence, while the Carabins are aware of McMasters solid defence as well. Manitoba had nine interceptions in three playoff games heading into the Uteck Bowl. The Marauders have picked off seven in three playoff games so far.The way the Montreal team plays is very similar, said Ptaszek. They held Laval to no touchdowns in eight quarters of football, and if they need to open it up on offence, they can. They seem to have a similar philosophy to us on game management. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. Kendall Fuller Jersey . Johansen scored twice and Derek MacKenzie, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson also had goals to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing skid.LOS ANGELES -- Keith Yandle scored the tying goal midway through the third period and Jeff Halpern netted the winner with 3:05 left, leading the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Rob Klinkhammer and Mikkel Boedker scored 63 seconds apart in the first period for the Coyotes, who handed the Kings their third straight loss and took over sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference. Mike Smith made 36 saves. Marian Gaborik, defenceman Alec Martinez and rookie Tanner Pearson scored for the Kings, who were without captain Dustin Brown for a second straight game because of a lower body injury. Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots for Los Angeles, which fell to 21-1 when leading after two periods. Yandle tied it with a slap shot from just inside the blue line after he intercepted defenceman Matt Greenes attempted clearing pass from behind the net. Greene was a healthy scratch in the previous eight games. Halpern put Phoenix ahead 4-3 with a shot from the left circle that appeared to carom off Quicks glove and then the post before it bounced to Coyotes captain Shane Doan for another point blank shot that Quick stopped with a sprawling save. But an overhead replay showed that Halperns shot crossed the goal line before it hit Quicks stick. Quick missed a chance to tie Rogie Vachons franchise record of 171 wins. Darryl Sutter will also have to wait for his 500th regular-seaason victory as an NHL coach. Daniel Sorensen Jersey. . Yandle leads Phoenix with 49 points, including an assist on Boedkers goal. The Kings outshot Phoenix 15-2 in the second period, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Gaborik got the puck in the low slot from Anze Kopitar and took a shot that glanced off defenceman Derek Morris stick and over Smiths glove. It was his eighth goal this season and second in six games since he was acquired from Columbus on Feb. 5. Smith, who leads in games played, starts, saves and shots faced, withstood an early barrage from the Kings before the Coyotes took a 2-0 lead. Klinkhammer scored his 11th goal on a rebound at 6:33, and Boedker added his 17th during a power play. The Kings got within 2-1 when Pearson, in his third stint with the club this season, scored his second goal in 14 NHL games at 17:02 of the first. Los Angeles tied it at 6:50 of the second with Martinezs eighth goal. Phoenixs Martin Hanzal, who returned after missing seven games with a lower-body injury, assisted on Klinkhammers goal. NOTES: The Kings are 126-2-11 in their last 139 regular-season games when leading after two periods. The only other regulation loss was on Jan. 22, 2013 at Colorado. ... Kings F Justin Williams is expected to play in his 200th consecutive game on Thursday. ... Gaborik has 21 goals in 30 career games against Phoenix. ... Pearsons first goal came in his regular-season debut on Nov. 14 against the New York Islanders. ' ' '
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